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43201 - Volvo Olympian/Alexander
Kowloon Motor Bus
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The model - this Volvo Olympian with Alexander Royale bodywork was the first model in the Oriental Collection from Corgi. It was commissioned by KMB, being released in Hong Kong in May 1997. It did not appear in the Corgi Catalogue. At 1/76th scale, the model is an 11 metre length vehicle, so it was surprising that this, and many subsequent releases, represent 12 metre vehicles. In the KMB fleet, 11 metre Olympians are designated as the AV class, whilst 12 metre examples are designated as the 3AV class. 

Despite 10,000 models being produced, it is currently hard to come by and is fetching up to 65 at swapmeets. The model carries KMB's standard air-conditioned livery.

In the May 1997 issue of the "Corgi Collector" magazine, it stated that 1,000 of these models were available exclusively from the Corgi Heritage Centre, at a price of 13.99 for UK residents!

The bus - 3AV112, a 12-metre Volvo Olympian, entered service with KMB on 11th December 1995. The 3AV class totalled 338 vehicles, the last being delivered in September 1997.

 Manufacturer of model  Corgi
 Scale  1:76
 Prototype chassis  Volvo Olympian
 Prototype bodywork  Alexander Royale
 Prototype length  12 metre
 Fleet number  3AV112
 Registration number  GR 550
 Route number  101
 Destination  Kwun Tong Yue Man Square
 Commissioned by  Kowloon Motor Bus
 Quantity (total)  10,000
Hong Kong 
United Kingdom
 Quantities (if known)
 Date released
May 1997

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Photograph of sister vehicle 3AV255
courtesy and copyright of Keith Wood

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